President Trump on Tuesday again told his supporters at a rally that it was a ‘beautiful sight’ to see MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi get struck by a projectile while covering protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Appearing at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, the president praised police officers for roughing up journalists covering riots and protests.
‘Remember that beautiful sight? The street was a mess,’ Trump said.
‘That idiot reporter from CNN got hit with a canister of tear gas. And he went down. ‘I’ve been hit. I’ve been hit.’
President Trump on Tuesday once again celebrated the fact that MSNBC journalist Ali Velshi (right) was shot with a rubber bullet while covering protests in Minneapolis in June
‘He’s been hit.’
The president incorrectly noted that Velshi worked for CNN. His comments on Tuesday drew roars of applause and laughter from his supporters.
Trump also praised police for manhandling journalists during protests.
‘Sometimes they grab. They grab one guy,’ the president said, before mockingly saying: ‘I’m a reporter. I’m a reporter.’
‘Get out of here,’ Trump said.
‘They threw him aside like he was a little bag of popcorn.
‘Honestly, when you watch the crap that we have all had to take so long.
‘When you see it, it is actually a beautiful sight.’
Last week, Trump said it a ‘beautiful thing’ when Velshi was struck by a rubber bullet during a protest in Minnesota.
Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. In the days following his death, protests erupted across the US and eventually the world.
Trump (seen above in Minnesota on Friday) said last week that it was a ‘beautiful thing’ when Velshi was struck by a rubber bullet
On May 30, Velshi was covering a peaceful protest when he was injured by police.
During Trump’s Friday night rally, he brought up Velshi’s injury while speaking to a crowd in Minnesota.
‘I remember this guy Velshi. He got hit on the knee with a canister of tear gas and he went down. He was down. ‘My knee, my knee,’ Trump mistakenly recalled.
Velshi was actually struck by a rubber bullet and not a canister as Trump claimed.
Trump continued: ‘These guys didn’t care. They moved him aside and they just walked right through. It was like the most beautiful thing.’
‘It’s called law and order,’ Trump said to the cheering crowd.
The next day, Velshi tweeted about Trump’s remarks and questioned the president about what his injury had to do with law and order
Velshi was covering a protest in Minneapolis (pictured on May 29) when he was struck by the rubber bullet
The next day, Velshi tweeted about Trump’s remarks and questioned the president about what his injury had to do with law and order.
‘So, @realDonaldTrump, you call my getting hit by authorities in Minneapolis on 5/30/20 (by a rubber bullet, btw, not a tear gas cannister) a ‘beautiful thing’ called ‘law and order’. What law did I break while covering an entirely peaceful (yes, entirely peaceful) march?’
In a statement, MSNBC slammed Trump for his comments about Velshi.
‘Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy,’ the statement reads.
‘When the president mocks a journalist for the injury he sustained while putting himself in harm’s way to inform the public, he endangers thousands of other journalists and undermines our freedoms,’ the statement continued.
During the rally, Trump then took aim at Rep Ilhan Omar, who is Muslim American.
He asked the crowd if they were ‘having a good time with your refugees’.
‘How the hell did she win?’ Trump asked.
He then claimed that Minneapolis would’ve been destroyed had he not called in the National Guard.
‘You wouldn’t have Minneapolis,’ Trump said.
Trump also predicted victory in Minnesota in November despite the state’s long history of backing Democratic candidates.
‘Forty-six days from now we’re going to win Minnesota and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,’ Trump told thousands of supporters at the regional airport in Bemidji.
Since narrowly losing Minnesota in 2016, Trump has emphasized the state in hopes that a victory this year could offset losses in other states.
He has visited regularly and kept a close eye on issues of particular importance to rural corners of the state.
He’s reversed an Obama administration policy prohibiting the development of copper-nickel mining and has bailed out soybean, corn and other farmers who have been hurt by trade clashes with China.